ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Illinois – (Sept. 8, 2017) On Saturday, Sept. 9, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Government Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for scheduled repairs.

Signage and barricades will be placed to inform traffic.

The downstream sidewalk will remain open throughout the duration of the work on both days but the upstream sidewalk will be closed.


What: Open House that will include Historical Tours of the Cemetery, Discussion on Veteran Benefits and PreNeed Eligibility, Military Honors and Committal Service information, and tour of casket (crypt) section, columbarium, and cemetery equipment

Who: Staff of Rock Island National Cemetery, VBA representative, Vet Center Representative, Honor Guard, Bugler

When: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - (Sept. 22, 2014) The Rock Island Arsenal Police Department responded to a report of suspected unexploded ordnance that was discovered at 11 a.m. by construction crews during contracted work on the installation this morning.

The police response included the closure of East Street, South Street, Gillespie Street and Beck Avenue to restrict access to the location of the suspected unexploded ordnance. At the same time the Quad City Bomb Squad was called to inspect and access the suspected unexploded ordnance.

At 1:15 p.m., the Quad City Bomb Squad assessed the suspected piece of unexploded ordnance and removed it. It is now being properly disposed of by the Bomb Squad. It is currently unknown whether the suspected unexploded ordnance was inert or not.

Utility and construction workers on Rock Island Arsenal are made aware of the potential to encounter unexploded ordnance and are trained in the proper procedures to report it.

The Rock Island Arsenal has an ongoing working relationship with all Emergency Management Services in the greater Quad-City Area. Today's event is another example of the extraordinary collaboration between all levels of area government.

ROCK ISLAND, IL - Aug. 31, 2010 - Because of extensive financial difficulties, the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison is assuming ownership and operation of the private Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club under its Army Recreation Program. The goal is to retain all members, Military or private, who desire to continue their affiliation with the Club.

Rock Island Arsenal is also seeking support from Quad City Mayors and the Quad Cities Chamber so the Garrison can provide the general public access to the course. By opening the golf course to the public, the Garrison will be able to maximize the use of this world-class course and also generate funds tosupport critical Military and Family programs. Opening to the general public will also benefit the Quad Cities as the Arsenal continues to build on the strong relationships established over the years.

Arsenal officials envision a bright future for the course as an Army recreational facility. Further information on rates, memberships and other club programs are forthcoming.


ROCK ISLAND, IL - April, 8, 2010 - A crew from the PBS series "History Detectives" will be visiting the Rock Island Arsenal Museum to detail the story behind a watercolor painting of the Battle of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tenn., created by John Gisch during the time he was a Confederate prisoner of war at the Rock Island Barracks.

The watercolor is owned by an individual in Portland, Oregon.

The collection of the Rock Island Arsenal Museum includes a watercolor entitled "Main Avenue Military Prison Rock Island" that was created by John Gisch.

History Detectives will be filming Neil Dahlstrom, author of "Rock Island Prison, 1863-1865, Andersonville of the North Dispelled" (Journal of Illinois History, Winter 2001) at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Arsenal Museum on April 8.